A Human Rights Court in Accra has given the Convention People’s Party (CPP) the all clear to join a suit by a civil society group, Food Sovereignty, which has sued government, seeking to prevent the release and commercialization of genetically modified foods in the country.
The ruling of the court makes the CPP a second applicant in the case.
[contextly_sidebar id=”afMUReQfzFqiY3KUWtm1a2kgSos8Y7uP”]Speaking to Citi News after the court ruling, chairperson of the CPP, Samia Nkrumah said the party will go every length to ensure that genetically modified foods are not commercialized in Ghana.
The CPP over the past few years has led a campaign against the passing and implementation of a law which will allow government to legalize genetically modified products in the country.
Earlier, the CPP and Food Sovereignty Ghana embarked on a protest march to demand the withdrawal of the Plant Breeders Bill from Parliament.
The two groups argued that the passage of the bill into law will negatively affect the growth of the agricultural sector in Ghana.
The Chairperson of the CPP, Samia Nkrumah explained that “the CPP has taken an interest in this matter because we care about the safety of Ghana. We have been conducting our own research, interviews, analysis and we’ve come to the conclusion that the plant breeders bill [which seeks parliamentary approval to empower GM products] is not in the interest of Ghana.”
By Selassie A. Amissah Mensah /citifmonline.com/Ghana